While retirement confidence appears to be stabilizing, preparedness is still dwindling. A study by the Employee Benefits Research Institute found 16 percent of pre-retirees are very confident about their ability to retire comfortably, compared with the 20-year low of 13 percent. However, only 69 percent say they have saved for retirement, down from 75 percent in 2009 and 60 percent are currently saving, down from 65 percent last year.
Most alarmingly, over half of pre-retirees report having less than $25,000 in savings, ignoring the value of their home and pension plans. Over half see stocks as a valuable long-term investment.